In All Your Getting Get These Virtues!
I found these virtues written by American Famous Statesman, Benjamin Franklin, one of the Founding Fathers of this great nation. Because of its relevance today, I want us to learn from the wisdom behind these 13 virtues articulated by a brilliant thinker, Benjamin Franklin. My goal for sharing these 13 virtues, is to remind us that in all our quest for financial success, fame, popularity, and what have you we ought to get virtues, hence I chose this title “in all your getting get virtues.”
Let us take a historical memory lane and get some valuable lessons from one of the American Founding Fathers, by the name Benjamin Franklin. I want to share with you one of the important information I read about this famous historical figure. Just today, I came across the 13 virtues. And I’m sharing them with us because I believe that somebody will find them valuable to live by. They are great virtues articulated by this prominent figure, which he created to guide his life. He was self-aware; he knew that he is a human being, notwithstanding his extraordinary talents. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_Franklin
As you know, Franklin was a man of expert knowledge. For instance, he was a revered author, scientist, inventor, and ultimately state’s man in American history. Franklin envisioned his lofty dreams and knew right away that he would need all the help he could get to achieve his lofty vision for himself and for the country. This is what I called living a planned life. A life of purpose. Here is the 13 list that this great man articulated, which guided his life. Enjoy the reading. Let us read these 13 virtues carefully and slowly to see why getting virtues in all our getting is essential to our life’s journey of success. QUOTES/WORDS OF WISDOM
Benjamin Franklin’s 13 Virtues
1. Temperance: “Eat not the dullness; drink not to elevation”
2. Silence: “Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling
3. Order: “Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time.”
4. Resolution: “Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve.”
5. Frugality: “Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself; i.e., waste nothing.”
6. Industry: “Lose no time, be always employ’d in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions.”
7. Sincerity: “Use no hurtful deceit; think innocently and justly, and, if you speak, speak accordingly.”
8. Justice: “Wrong none by doing injuries, or omitting the benefits that are your duty.”
9. Moderation: “Avoid extremes, forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.”
10. Cleanliness: “Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, cloths, or habitation.”
11. Tranquility: “Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.”
12. Chasity: “Rarely use venery but for health or offspring, never to dullness, weakness, or the injury of your own or another’s peace or reputation.”
13. Humility: “Imitate Jesus and Socrates.”
Wow, this is remarkable. Franklin was an extraordinary man. Even though he had his human imperfections, but he had the desire to live right.
The challenge and the question before all of us today is what beliefs and virtues are guiding our daily conduct, business activities, relationships, and political activities. Strive to leave a wonderful legacy for you and your family! The world is watching.
As always, leave me your feedback for this article. I hope you find it useful as it was to me..
6 thoughts on “In All Your Getting Get Virtues”
Virtue is a vital important attribute that we all should he centered on to always possess in our daily activities and the way we realte and all we do. Virtue is something beyond just ordinary, it disctates a lot to hhow we live and the things we do. What you shared here is really good to see here as being a virtuous person is more important than anything else. Thanks you fr sharing
DarmiMaddie, Thanks so much for offering your candid comment. Living a life of virtue is key for genuine success, not the success based on the fleeting. But something deeper, richer, and durable than wealth and materialism.
How I pray that we as individuals will integrate our values, beliefs into our daily activities as this prominent figure did during his time.
Thanks for commenting.
This has been a powerful article. We usually try to find an easy fix to things. Or try to blame somebody else for our failures.
The truth is that we need to cultivate these virtues. And as gravity pulls things down, so will these virtues bring fruits to us. Yes, yes, the whole point is finding the power to incorporate these virtues into our life. We seem weak to do it.
Abel, thanks so much for your candid comment to this article. You’re very right; People share blames or at least shift the blames to other targets when they fell to live a life based on virtues. Benjamin Franklin, a brilliant thinker, he saw the need not to take things for granted, but to create sets of principles and virtues to guide his conduct and relationships with people. That’s wisdom! Today’s leaders are missing their focus, because of a lack of virtues.
These 13 virtues of Benjamin Franklin are truly full of wisdom, I would highlight these three: silence, order and purity, these three have touched me the most today.
Benjamin Franklin was a really great man and his legacy is huge. I also like to read his quotes. One of my favorites is “Well done is better than well said.”
Nina, thanks so much for your valuable input to this article. Benjamin Franklin left the world of his period better than he met it. He gave much to the world in terms of scientific knowledge, politics, and philosophy. His legacy endures! Oh, I love that quote, “Well done is better than well said.”